Leaders of the
“We have to take this election very seriously — life or death is practically at stake,” Bencsik, chief editor of the Demokrata weekly magazine, said.
Opposition groups plan several demonstrations across the city, with the two largest expected to be a student-led protest outside the
Orban, a populist criticized for centralizing power and weakening democratic checks and balances, is seeking a third consecutive term. He and other Fidesz candidates have not participated in debates and most of Orban’s campaign stops have not been shared with the news media.
Orban has made immigration his main campaign theme. He opposes mass immigration, especially by Muslim migrants, whom he says threaten
“If we become an immigrant country, there will be regression, decline and stagnation,” Orban said last week at a business forum. “If … we do not become an immigrant country, then
Orban’s anti-migration stance has targeted the
His chances of winning the election are being enhanced by a fragmented opposition, which has had a hard time agreeing to back a single candidate in voting districts where Fidesz could be defeated.
“If the opposition parties coordinate with each other, they can achieve some level of success,”